In my search for new authors to add to my growing “must-read” list, I found Elizabeth Goddard. I love her books!! I’m thrilled to have Elizabeth as a guest on my blog!
Please Welcome ELIZABETH GODDARD!!
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Where did you get the idea for Always Look Twice? I already had the setting and the main hero—Heath McKade—established from book one in the Uncommon Justice series, Never Let Go, so then, of course, it was just a matter coming up with the premise. I had a scene in my head of a hunter peering through the scope of his rifle and then in his sites is his target—a woman. That’s all I had when I started writing. Sometimes the story unfolds that way. Other times I have a complete synopsis written out.
How long does it take you to write a long novel? I recently had this discussion with a few writer friends and we all decided that it takes the amount of time allotted to write a novel. Ha! In other words, if I have three months until my deadline, I get it done. If I have nine months, it also takes me nine months to write it. That said, I need time to ruminate the premise, get the rough draft down, and then polish. The polishing and editing take as long as the initial writing, if not longer. If I could work on my book and nothing else, then it might take me less than four months. With life’s many interruptions, I need eight months to turn in a solid long book.
Who’s your all-time favorite character? That’s a tough question. I’m not sure one character comes to mind. I love so many of them.
Always Look Twice released today (October 1st). Do tell! (Shameless plug time!) I’m super excited about this book because I love Heath McKade so much. He’s the eldest McKade brother and runs Emerald M Ranch. He’s a good solid hero who just wants to make a difference in this world.
From the Back cover:
At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear–and loses the camera.
Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.
In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear.
Will there be an Uncommon Justice Book #3? Definitely! I just turned Don’t Keep Silent in a couple of months ago—this is Liam McKade’s story. It releases in the summer of 2020. I’ve already started working on a new series called Rocky Mountain Courage.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day. Typical day? What’s that? I have a bit of a chaotic life that includes a special needs son, so I fit in the writing where I can. That said, every day does start with a lot of coffee and I listen to Daily Audio Bible and pray. If possible, I try to get in some work before life’s interruptions take over.
When did you start writing? I started working toward writing for publication in 2001. That same year I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and attended conferences. There I learned much, networked and met my agent and other writing friends.
When did you receive your first book contract? I “got the call” which was actually an email from my editor with Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing) in 2006.
What is the hardest part about being an author? There are many difficult aspects of being an author, but I’d have to say looming deadlines creates tremendous stress.
Who is your favorite author? Oh, you would have to ask that! I have so many authors I love—I’ll name a few here. Lisa Harris, Susan Sleeman, Sharon Hinck, Shannon McNear, Ronie Kendig, Sibella Giorella—seriously, I could keep going. Do you see a trend here, though? All Christian fiction. I read all these authors and more.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is usually the last one I read! Ha.
Anything you want to brag about? I’m not sure if bragging is the right word here, but let’s say that I’m very blessed that God gave me this dream to write, and that He opened those doors big time so I could write for two publishers. I also write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense (a Christian line) and I make a decent living at something I love.
Now for the important questions:
Pepsi or Coke? Club soda with lime
Candy, cookies, or cake? Peanut M&M’s
Favorite food? Toss up between pizza and nachos
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, coffee, coffee
Favorite vacation? Yellowstone National Park
Favorite TV show? The news
Favorite Movie? I love a lot of movies, so it’s hard to pick just one. I think Lord of the Rings will probably stay at the top for a good long while.
Any hobbies? Pets? Activities? Writing takes up a lot of time but I’m hoping to get back to some old loves such as knitting, playing the piano. I want to learn guitar and get back to playing my cello. Maybe take a fiber arts class. Outside of that, I love to read.
Thank you, Elizabeth!!
Visit Elizabeth’s website for updates on her books and blog: https://elizabethgoddard.com/
Join me in November for an interview with Sharee Stover and a giveaway of her 2nd Love Inspired Suspense novel.